A few weeks ago, I wrote about the “Get The Lead Out” program in Grand Rapids. A link to that post is here.
While there is a lot in the media about lead paint in toys, it is important to keep these two facts in mind:
Of the hundreds of children in Kent County who were treated for lead poisoning last year, 90% of these children had their primary exposure to the lead from their housing conditions.
None of the primary exposure was through toys.
If you are concerned about the level of lead in your home, now would be a good time to initiate the evaluation process. In cooperation with Calvin College, the Healthy Homes Coalition is offering lead screening for your homes.
A student from Calvin will come to your home, bring lead dust collection kits, and coach you through the collection process.
This is not a formal assessment; but it is a very good first step to see if you need to take futher steps to make your home lead safe. The cost is usually $75 for this service, but Calvin is paying for 35 homes to be screened.
If you are interested, please contact Paul Haan with the following information:
Your phone number
Your email address
Ages of kids in home and if you are pregnant
Paul’s contact info is here:
phone: (616) 734-9443
fax: (616) 451-0615
Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning Through Partnership
2006 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award winner